Above: A beach wedding ceremony setup using the Sophistication theme, one of eight options in the “Aisle to Isle” wedding program at Sandals Resorts. Having a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is easy and efficient, right? But what if that ease and efficiency could be less cookie-cutter and more elegant or edgy — and totally individualized? That’s what’s being offered by Sandals Resorts’ new “Aisle to Isle” wedding program, which is focused on “Insta-worthy” inspiration that’s creative and captivating (both in person and in photos). And Sandals also offers the ideal spot to embrace Caribbean romance: Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse, Jamaica. Photogenic aquamarine water, gorgeous sunsets and great weather — they’re all reasons to host a wedding there. Here are seven more.
1. The Perfect Tropical Wedding Location
Set on 2 miles of white-sand beach backed by 500 acres of lush gardens, Sandals South Coast feels like its own tropical oasis. The largest of the company’s seven adults-only resorts in Jamaica, it’s located about 90 minutes’ drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay (transport is included), and is comprised of 372 rooms and suites set amid three European-inspired beachfront enclaves — the Italian, French and Dutch villages — each with their own pool and pool bar. (Note: Accommodations in the Italian village are newly renovated and there are some ongoing upgrades to Dutch rooms and suites, but the French Village has yet to be renovated and this is reflected in room rates.)
2. Mix-and-Match Options for Wedding Decor
If you’re a bride-to-be you’re probably obsessed with wedding details, and the new “Aisle to Isle” program offers many. There are eight themes — Romance, Tropics, Passion, Sophistication, Islands, Gardens, Nature and Sand & Sea — each with 18 décor details for aisles, ceremony structure, chair backs, flowers, table settings, cakes, etc. Perhaps the crisp blue and white of Sand & Sea is you. Or maybe the shimmering details of Romance or the beautiful botanicals of Garden. Like a few elements from one theme and some from several others? No problem, you can mix and match any of them to create your own unique vision of passionate, sophisticated, tropical romance. And you can do it based on your budget — spend on what’s important to you to enhance what’s already included in every Sandals wedding.
3. The Overwater Chapel
Let your aisle be the ocean, a pathway of brilliant blue shimmering beneath your feet in the picture-perfect, glass-floored over-the-water chapel, which opened in late 2016. It can accommodate up to 20 seated inside and 10 more outside.
4. Beach or Garden Setting, Martini or Mimosa Bar — the Choice is Yours
Yes, you’re having a wedding at a beach resort, but if you don’t want to actually get married with your toes in the sand, Sandals South Coast offers a whimsical and dreamy Garden option. Think the standard cocktail hour is boring? Then host a chic, tiki-torch-lit beachfront soiree with fun themed cocktail bars (martini, mimosa, whiskey, rum and beer) and rhythmic drummers. Other entertainment choices include violin soloists, piano duos and lively local bands — or add a bit of an edge with fire dancers.
5. The More the Merrier
The more people you invite and the more nights you stay will earn you on-property perks that can add to the merriment of your multi-day wedding event. By booking as few as 12 guest rooms, couples can earn “bells and whistles” that can be used for accommodation upgrades or to offset wedding costs and entertain guests.
6. Your Guests Won’t Be Bored
Aside from the ease of an all-inclusive stay (your guests won’t need to take out their wallets unless they want to enjoy a massage or make a purchase in the boutique), Sandals South Coast offers plenty to keep everyone active, relaxed and happy: four pools, tennis courts, watersports (including free diving), nine restaurants and seven bars (including the sexy over-the-water Latitudes Bar with double hammocks for lounging).
7. Honeymoon in an Overwater Bungalow
Plan ahead if you want to experience the most recent addition to Sandals South Coast: one of the 12 Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows, which make an ideal post-wedding hideaway. Tahitian-inspired with sleek contemporary decor, they opened in December 2017 and are so popular, they should be booked at least three months in advance.